Alternative Apps for iOS Maps

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Apple’s new Maps app isn’t quite measuring up to everyone’s iOS 6 expectations. Luckily there is a whole App Store with plenty decent navigation apps to substitute until they get it right. Here are some we found in a variety of prices that have some great features to get you from point A to point B.

Waze social GPS traffic & gas
Universal – Free

Waze social GPS traffic & gas - Waze Inc.
*** New – easily find cheap gas on your route! ***

Waze is a fun, community-based traffic & navigation app, 20 million strong. Plug into the driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas $, and improve everyone’s daily commute.

✓ Community generated real-time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, and more.
✓ Complete voice-guided navigation.
✓ Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change.
✓ Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes.
✓ Find the cheapest gas station on your route.
✓ Redeem Wazer-only gas specials at participating gas stations. (currently in the US only)
✓ Meet-up! Share your location/destination and ETA to easily meet up with friends.
✓ Join or create groups to share info about your commute.
✓ Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info.
✓ Live maps, constantly updated by Waze community map editors.

Drive safe! Waze is hands-free and voice-operated. By simply driving around with Waze open, you’re already contributing real-time traffic & road info to other Wazers nearby.

It’s all about contributing to, and benefiting from, the ‘common good’ out there on the road, so hop on board, and get involved in your local driving community today!

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s new

Fixes bug in rerouting after driving off route
Waze now supports Pioneer AppRadio and Advanced App Mode-enabled products






MapQuest - AOL Inc.
MapQuest is the #1 provider of FREE voice-guided, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation for iPhone. Much like those expensive GPS units, this free app speaks to you, telling you when and where to make a turn. Easily search for restaurants & other popular places with a single tap. Stay on schedule by checking live traffic en route. And, If you take a wrong turn, MapQuest re-routes you automatically. Download the FREE app today!


MapQuest is truly a free product – there is no trial period, subscription or upgrade necessary. You get all these capabilities absolutely free!

• Voice-guided, Turn-by-Turn Directions – Like a GPS, your phone speaks to you.
• *NEW* Gas Prices – Find the cheapest gas prices near you.
• *NEW* Live Traffic Cameras – See what the traffic looks like ahead.
• Simplified Search – Look for restaurants, gas stations & more with a tap.
• Live Traffic – Updated every 5 minutes.
• Walking & Driving Directions – Either way, we’ll give you the best route.
• MORE: Multiple-stop routes, landscape view, customizable avatars and more!

*MapQuest is free, but your carrier may charge data usage fees
Join the 7MM people that have already downloaded the MapQuest app!

What’s new

Added Stuff
• Favorites! You can now add any location as a favorite for quick access!
• Add a point: You can now press-and-hold on the map anywhere to route to a point (without searching or typing)

Improved Stuff
• Your contacts now appear automatically as you type in a search box (try their name or address)
• Your recent locations and searches now appear automatically when searching
• We now show more of the road ahead while you’re navigating
• For multi-stop routes, we now show time & distance summaries for each leg of the trip
• Improved application launch speed
• Bug and crash fixes that will blow your mind




GPS Navigation 2 – skobbler (US/CAN)
Universal – $.99

GPS Navigation 2 - skobbler (US/CAN) - skobbler GmbH
GPS Navigation 2 is all this:
★ BRAND NEW next generation navigation including optional offline mode upgrade
★ NOW greatly improved version 4.2.1 including innovative sko-Pilot mode and patented technology for stationary speed trap warnings in various countries
★ True voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation at an unbelievable price
★ One of the most successful navigation apps in the App Store with more than 2.8 million users worldwide
★ Best-selling navigation app in Germany and the UK for years, #1 positions in 11 countries


☛ Gizmodo
“If the price tags of the fancy schmancy nav apps made you think you’d never have street-level turn by turn directions on your iPhone… Skobbler’s worth a look!”

☛ MacWorld
“Skobbler offers Turn-by-Turn voice navigation and a healthy dose of features like iPod integration, automatic continuation after calls, and take-me-home functionality”

The best in brief:

Online navigation or offline upgrade – it’s your choice

No hidden costs – no subscriptions

Local search, map view, ‘take me home’ button, contact list navigation, iPod playback, stationary speed trap warnings in various countries

Powered by OpenStreetMap – the most dynamic digital map on the planet

Navigation for iPhones and 3G-iPads

Find out more:
The app itself as well as all in-app purchases have one thing in common: you pay once and forever. There are no timeframes to consider, no subscriptions to keep track off, no “trial” phases after which the app just stops working.

You can use this app online without limitations. Yet if you live in an area with spotty reception or want to use it abroad without being charged super-high roaming costs by your mobile carrier, you can purchase installable maps for most countries or entire continents as upgrades from within the app at very low prices.

skobbler is the first navigation app to offer this “hybrid” capability. This gives you a choice on which maps are worth your device’s limited storage capacity. Install and de-install maps as you see fit at any time. You don’t have to clog your device with data that you’ll never use anyway.

skobbler uses the brilliant Open Source project OpenStreetMap as map source. Find out what’s already possible based on the input of more than 600,000 mapping enthusiasts around the world. Especially in urban areas, the OpenStreetMap is already the most-detailed digital map.

In some other areas, the map might not be perfect yet though. The upside: you can help to change that by reporting map errors directly from within the app. Find out more about the OpenStreetMap on

The good thing for you in any case: we provide you with regular map updates – at no extra cost!

✩✩✩ NAVIGATION FOR iPhone AND 3G-iPads
You can use this app on your iPhone as well as on any iPad with 3G (only these have GPS receivers).

Juicy news, helpful help and the latest about us:

– Web:
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– Blog:
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Please note that as with all navigation apps, continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.




MotionX GPS Drive
Universal – $.99

MotionX GPS Drive - MotionX™
The #1 Rated iPhone and iPad navigation solution.

★★★★★ MotionX-GPS Drive named “Best iPhone 5 App for Drivers” by Total Car Score

★★★★★ “Hands-down my favorite navigator for the iPhone” -Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

★★★★★ “My favorite is MotionX GPS Drive.” – Dave Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

★★★★★ “packed with features…” -Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal

★★★★★ “Hands-Down the Best Value in GPS Apps”

★★★★★ “The only GPS system required for driving or walking.” ­­­­­­­­­- Greg Dawson, AppCraver

★★★★★ Readers’ Choice Award Winner: Best Auto Navigation App

LIMITED TIME OFFER: One year of Voice Guidance now 60% off, only $9.99!
The Best and Easiest Driving & Walking GPS, Always Live, Always Up-to-Date

For less than $1 per month:
✔ Map data is always up-to-date
✔ Real-time and predictive traffic-based routing and guidance
✔ Best INRIX traffic with free live traffic flow maps
✔ Full support for portrait and landscape mode
✔ Visual lane assistance for complex intersections and freeway junctions
✔ Live local speed limits displayed with the car’s actual speed
✔ Multi-stop planning and routing
✔ Pre-load maps for offline use
✔ Multiple voice choices including fun options and HD synthesized voices
✔ Facebook and Twitter integration
✔ Local Search and Wikipedia integration for rich and up-to-date content
✔ Urban route planning with pedestrian navigation
✔ Live compass
✔ Parking spot marker
✔ Fast easy download from your iPhone or iPad!

Complete U.S. and Canada Coverage.
Includes 30 Days of free Real-time Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Live Voice Guidance and live INRIX traffic

✔ After the 30 day period, continue using real-time navigation any time by making an in-app purchase. Choose either 30-days or 1-year.
✔ Access purchases on multiple iPhones or iPads for households with multiple users
✔ In-app purchases are non-recurring with no automatic charges

Live Voice Guidance gives you:
✔ Real-time turn-by-turn voice guidance with high-quality spoken street names, fully integrated with the iPhone music player
✔ Live over-the-air maps and real-time navigation
✔ Cached routes and maps for optimal performance
✔ Predictive live traffic for optimal routing
✔ Details about traffic incidents, construction, and events

Please note the core application provides a great driving experience without any further purchase, including full access to search, routing, 3D maps, and pedestrian navigation tools.

MotionX uses the latest NAVTEQ maps, Bing search, and live predictive traffic information from INRIX to deliver the most complete navigation solution designed exclusively for the iPhone.

MotionX-GPS Drive is compatible with the iPhone and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models. iPod touch and iPad models without cellular/GPS capability require an external GPS receiver.

Continued use of any GPS service running in the background can significantly decrease battery life.
MotionX is committed to passing on to our customers the best possible pricing for guidance services and turn-by-turn routing. We ourselves must pay the Map and traffic suppliers and therefore must charge a minimum fee for this service. We focus on providing the best value for quality information.

MotionX is committed to constant improvement. We listen to our users and continuously add the most requested features.




CoPilot Live Premium HD USA & Canada
Universal – $14.99

CoPilot Live Premium HD – USA & Canada - ALK Technologies, Ltd.
iPhone 5 celebration SALE! Get CoPilot navigation for less – 5 days only.

CoPilot Live Premium HD is a universal navigation app that works on both iPhone and iPad 3G & 4G.

Turn your iPad 3G or 4G into a high performance GPS system loaded with advanced navigation features. This HD version features a split screen navigation view designed exclusively for the iPad that combines 3D or 2D maps with non-distracting turn instructions.

★★★★★ “CoPilot Live provides the best blend of features, performance and cost” – Engadget

★★★★★ “We’ve been trying it out and it is a joy to have navigation guidance on such a large screen” – Macrumors

★★★★★ “CoPilot Live Premium is a very competitive nav program at a low price” – TUAW

CoPilot Live Premium HD equips you with a unique range of advanced features to help you enjoy a better journey.
✔ Unique interactive route editing: tap and drag to change your route or destination
✔Split screen navigation view combines uncluttered 3D or 2D map guidance views with clear, non-distracting turn instructions. Four dual view options are available.
✔ Lane indicator arrows, highway exit sign info and realistic ClearTurn™ view make highway exits and interchanges simple
✔ Full turn-by-turn guidance and clear pronunciation with the latest Text-to-Speech voice technology
✔ Powerful pre-trip planning and route calculator gives you a choice of three routes to take

Complete map of USA and Canada stored on your iPad 3G/4G or iPhone, so you can navigate without a mobile signal or using up your data plan.
✔ Exclusive ALK MapSure™ service provides free monthly in-app map improvements and full quarterly map updates
✔ Navigate directly to a house number, address book contact or even a geo-tagged photo

Quite simply, no other app offers this level of safety.
✔ Unique directions-only driver safety mode only displays a map close to turns for minimal distraction
✔ Automatic day-night mode switching reduces screen glare
✔ Speed limit warnings on primary highways

ActiveTraffic™ scans your route for traffic delays and automatically provides a new route if it saves you time (12 month subscription included as standard).
✔ Provides the fastest route based on real-time traffic speeds from INRIX
✔Automatically calculates a quicker route if a significant delay is detected

CoPilot Live Premium HD provides instant local knowledge to guide you to any destination in car or on foot.
✔Integrated Wikipedia and Bing™ Local Search give you a built-in guide for everywhere you go
✔ Walking Mode
✔Just tap on the map, POI, street, restaurant, gas station, etc. for instant directions

3D and 2D map views – trip status display – instant detour – in-app music controls – favorite and recent destinations – personal routing options – avoid toll roads – Twitter and Facebook status updates – find my car – local weather information – and much more!

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► NOTE: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life

Notes about optional subscriptions.
► Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
► Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off from your iTunes Account Settings after purchase
► Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period

What’s new

We hope you’re enjoying your free ActiveTraffic service! When you get a chance, please rate us on the App Store and let us know how we’re doing.

This update includes a complete new set of updated maps featuring our latest 2012 Q1 map data.




Garmin U.S.A.

Garmin U.S.A. - Garmin
Download Garmin StreetPilot® Onboard U.S.A. and give your iPhone® or iPad® the best in GPS navigation with photoReal junction views, 3D buildings, speed/red light camera alerts and more.

Garmin StreetPilot U.S.A. is packed full of great navigation features from Garmin, the world leader in GPS navigation. The app is the first iPhone navigation app to include Garmin’s exclusive photoReal images of complex junctions to help you navigate with confidence. It also includes rich mapping with detailed 3D buildings and landmarks, lane guidance, speed/red light camera alerts and many other advanced features, while remaining simple and easy to use.

Optional in-app purchases include integrated real-time traffic updates, photoLive traffic cameras and fuel pricing.


• Industry-leading Garmin user interface
• Voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions including spoken street names
• Millions of preloaded points of interest including gas stations, restaurants and other businesses
• Integrated Google™ Local Search
• Maps for the United States (lower 49 states) installed on your device, so wireless coverage is not required to navigate
• 3D buildings and landmarks
• Lane assist with photoReal junction view provides a photo-realistic illustration of the correct lane for different maneuvers
• Integrated red light and speed camera database including community-generated alerts
• Speed limits for most major roads with the capability to report speed limit changes or errors
• Where Am I? emergency locator shows your exact latitude and longitude, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations
• Exit services allow you to quickly see services such as restaurants, gas stations and lodging available at exits along your route
• Trip planner allows you to create a route with multiple stops in advance with automatic or manual ordering of destinations
• Address book integration so you can easily navigate to contacts
• Trip computer includes a compass heading and bearing indicator, resettable odometer and trip statistics such as arrival distance, next turn time and average moving speed
• Trip log enables an electronic breadcrumb trail that shows you where you’ve been
• Weather feature shows current conditions and a 5-day forecast
• Location sharing via Facebook or SMS
Garmin StreetPilot has been designed to run on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, and it works on GPS-enabled iPads as well.

Map coverage- Garmin StreetPilot U.S.A. (Lower 49 States)
United States (excluding Alaska), Plus Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s new

– iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support

– URBAN GUIDANCE considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes. You will be guided to a transit stop by foot and you’re able to look up detailed information on what line to take and where to get off. The feature is available through In App Purchase.

– PANORAMA VIEW 3D provides true 3D elevation views obtained from NASA’s height and terrain data enable intuitive orientation and show users what lies ahead. Panorama View 3D is available through In App Purchase.

– GOOGLE STREET VIEW provides users a street-level view of their destination before starting a route and shortly before arriving. Users can also look at a full-screen 360° view to get a better understanding of their destination’s surroundings. The feature is available in cities with Google Street View coverage.




NAVIGON North America
Universal – $49.99

NAVIGON North America - Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH
☆☆☆ Please welcome our brand new update NAVIGON 2.2 and take advantage of this special discount for a limited time only! ☆☆☆

With NAVIGON you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system. Thanks to a faithful adaptation of the menu functions, the app fits in seamlessly with the iOS operating concept and can be installed on any iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or iPad device (the navigation function is only available on the iPad WiFi +3G).

“NAVIGON is currently the best turn-by-turn navigation app for
iPhone for anyone who needs world-wide options and offline support.” (iMore)

“If you really want to step up your navigational game…then you should download Navigon.” (CNN)

*** Range of functions ***

– Simple, intuitive user interface
– Can be used in portrait and landscape format
– Precise spoken announcements
– Intelligent address entry
– Lane Assistant Pro
– Real Road Sign
– Speed Assistant with adjustable audio-visual warning
– NAVIGON MyRoutes 
- Day and night modes for map display (automatic switching)
– 2D and 3D map display (bird’s-eye view)
– Route planning function
– Text-to-Speech (voice playback of street names)
– Extended Pedestrian Navigation using the iPhone’s internal compass
– Google Local Search
– Reality Scanner for POI searches with Augmented Reality
– Coordinate entry
– SOS Emergency Help

The latest NAVTEQ map material with coverage for:
USA (incl. Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), Canada
Furthermore it’s now also possible to receive regular, quarterly map updates through Fresh Maps XL.

Latest Map Guarantee:
NAVIGON’s new Latest Map Guarantee provides customers the latest NAVTEQ map available when purchasing NAVIGON 2.0 for iPhone.

The in app purchase option FreshMaps provides quarterly map updates for at least two years. The service uses trusted, field-verified, and quality-controlled map and points of interest updates from NAVTEQ® to make sure the NAVIGON app provides the most accurate and reliable directions possible. This saves you time and headaches on the road.

NAVIGON MyMaps allows you to carry only the country maps you currently need. Meaning you have more memory space for photos, music and other apps.

Please note the following:
Positioning your iPhone correctly in the vehicle is very important to ensure optimal GPS reception! We recommend that you use the NAVIGON Design Car Kit for the iPhone, which includes both a designer suction pad holder and a car charger, enabling you to charge your iPhone during the journey. Available from specialist retailers or from the NAVIGON shop directly at!

Should you experience GPS reception problems with your iPhone, please refer to the FAQ on our

Allowing GPS to run in the background for extended periods can lead to a significant reduction in battery life.

Whether in the car, by bike or on foot, NAVIGON hopes you have fun navigating.

What’s new

– iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support

– URBAN GUIDANCE considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes. You will be guided to a transit stop by foot and you’re able to look up detailed information on what line to take and where to get off. The feature is available through In App Purchase.

– LAST MILE automatically offers a pedestrian navigation when you park your car near your destination. The parking position will be saved and the app switches into pedestrian mode to provide walking directions.



App prices are subject to change.




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Brihanna has been a tech fanatic and computer nerd nearly all her life. When she isn’t chasing around kids or glued to her iPhone, she is updating app junkies like herself on where to find the latest go-to apps.

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